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List of Instructor Resources

The following resources are provided to aid instructors when designing their online courses.


Syllabus Checklist

Peer Online Course Review (POCR) Rubric Checklist


Best Practices

Best Practice Strategies to Promote Academic Integrity in Online Education (WCET/ITC - 2009)

Tips for Enhancing Online Discussions

Online Exams: Strategies to Minimize Cheating - Best Practices (CSU Sacramento, 2014) 


Legal Issues

Legal Issues Affecting Distance Education (compiled by Cynthia Alexander 5.15-Draft)
(compilation of speciic regulations affecting distance education and explanation of how each applies)

Student Authentication Requirements for Distance Education Providers (WCET Briefing Paper 2008)

The following FERPA handout was created by Western Illinois University and has several references to that university's policies. For questions regarding Cerritos College policies on FERPA, please contact Stephanie Murguia (

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) - 2011

The Carnegie Unit: How to Calculate Student Contact Hours



Distance Education Accessibility Guidelines for Students with Disabilities (California Community College Chancellors Office-January, 2011)

Webinars on Accessibility from @ONE (presented by Jayme Johnson-Director of Accessibility and User Experience for the CCC Online Education Initiative, April/May 2015)
  • Creating Accessible pdf Documents with MS Word and Acrobat Pro (57:46) - Learn what makes a PDF document accessible, and discover the easiest and most efficient way to create your own accessible PDF documents. Basic concepts of access and usability will be explored in the process of creating an accessible syllabus in MS Word, and then converting the syllabus to PDF. Discover the essential considerations and required tools for creating top-quality PDF documents that can be enjoyed by everyone.
  • Evaluating Web Content for Accessibility (1:01) - One of the great parts of teaching online is the ability to enrich courses with resources from the Internet. Learn about the basic considerations for accessible content, and discover tools to help you evaluate the content you bring into your course. Explore options for dealing with content that is not accessible, and consider how critical information can be made available to all of your students.
  • Creating Accessible Online Presentations (1:04:13) - Creating accessible presentations for online learning is not always intuitive, and it can sometimes be impossible, depending on the tool you are using. Learn about the basic considerations for creating accessible online presentations, and discover different options for creating and sharing digital presentations. Find out what can be done to ensure that the information you share through digital presentations can be enjoyed by all of your students. PowerPoint, Prezi, and VoiceThread will all be discussed.
  • Captioning Considerations (1:08:50) - Learn about captioning web-based video and the different resources available to help you get captioned video into your online course. Find out how to caption YouTube videos, including videos that belong to other people. Explore the reasons why captioning is required and good for education, and discover how to format and present captions in video to enhance comprehension for everyone. 


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